Illumination-to shed light on; spiritual or intellectual enlightenment; clarification.
All good art is a form of illumination. Art does not create or invent meaning; it shines a light on a truth or reality that already existed through its relationship to other art and the cultural context for which it was created. An artist seeks to clarify or enlighten by telling the truth about the world.
An art blog created as an extension of Jacob Rowan Studios, Art as Illumination is meant to be a place for exploring the many ways art is used to illuminate the world. This blog is designed to help people learn how to experience art in a way that deepens their understanding of reality.
“The sudden illumination—
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form, beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness. I have said before
That the past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations—not forgetting”
~T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets